2018 Membership Renewals

It’s that time of year again, to renew your OVHLA memberships!

Membership in the OVHLA provides you with an opportunity to attend local CE events and social activities and stay connected with your local professional community. Last year’s activities included a mini symposium to share projects, our AGM and social, and clinical rounds at CHEO with Margaret Sampson.

Check out our Membership page for more information.

2016 – 2017 OVHLA Executive

Hello everyone!

We have been slow to share some good news!  The OVHLA held its annual general meeting in October this year and we welcomed two new people to the Executive.  We are very excited to welcome Aleksandra Grobelna from CADTH as our Treasurer and Sandra McKeown from Queen’s University Library as our Secretary.  A big welcome to you both!!  Thank you for joining us 🙂

In other good news, I am very happy to announce that Cait Ford will be staying on as our CE Coordinator!

Congrats and thank you to all!

AGM Update!!

To members who planned to call into the meeting, please use the following call-in number:

Number is 1-866-991-8797

Participant PIN code is 1862769#

Skype will not be available due to technology restrictions.

Thank you!!

New OVHLA Secretary

The OVHLA recently held elections for the President and Secretary position at our AGM on September 24th, 2015. Alexandra Hickey was elected to the position of Secretary for 2015-2017 term.  Jessie Cunningham was re-elected as OVHLA President for the 2015-2017 term.  Alexandra is the Technical Liaison Information Specialist with NewCo, a Canadian Medical Association subsidiary.

Congratulations and welcome to Alexandra!

Searching the HTA Database Canadian Search Interface – Webinar

The Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health is hosting a webinar called “Searching the HTA Database Canadian Search Interface” on September 29th, 2015 at 1pm EST. Join Caitlyn Ford to learn more about using the HTA Database search engine to find Canadian-produced HTAs.

Register now at: https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&referrer=&eventid=1037466&sessionid=1&key=5A9A6ADBC7C9E943CE2A223003DCFC5E&sourcepage=register

Deadline for Mosaic 2016 Submissions

Only two weeks remain to submit an abstract for “Mosaic: Be Part of the Big Picture l Mosaique: Faites partie du portrait global,” to be held May 13–18, 2016, in Toronto.

The submission date is earlier this year to accommodate the joint meeting of the Medical Library Association (MLA), Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothèques de la santé duCanada (CHLA/ABSC), and International Clinical Librarian Conference (ICLC).
The call for submissions  abstracts for contributed content that supports the theme, “Mosaic: Be Part of the Big Picture.” New this year, authors will rank how they would prefer to present their content: paper, poster, or lightning talk. (https://www.mlanet.org/meetings/am/mla16/index.html)

Also new are special content sessions: Groups (such as sections, chapters, special interest groups [SIGs], and others) are invited to submit proposals for engaging 1.5-hour-long sessions.

When submitting your structured abstract, decide if it’s either a research abstract or a program description abstract:

*   Research abstracts report on designing, conducting, and analyzing a research project.

*   Program description abstracts describe the creation and improvement of products, programs, technologies, administrative practices, or services conducted by librarians and information professionals.
The distinction is important because your abstract will be appraised using different criteria. Criteria for both Research and Program abstracts are available in the Papers and Posters

To submit an abstract or proposal use, the online contributed content submission form: https://www.conferenceabstracts.com/cfp2/login.asp?EventKey=UAAHIQOR
The due date is: September 15, 6:00 p.m., central time. Enter early to avoid the last-minute rush and allow time for assistance, if needed.

OVHLA History Project

The OVHLA is currently embarking on a project to collect, organize, and share our historical documents. We hope to create a digital archive with a timeline of our chapter’s key achievements and important historical documents. We are seeking donations from current and past members. If you have any items related to the history of our chapter: digital or printed documents, photographs, or other memorabilia, we would love to include them in the project.

To donate materials, share your memories of our chapter, or help with this project please send an e-mail to kellyf@cadth.ca.

Next year is CHLA’s 40th anniversary, so it’s great timing to look back at our own chapter history!

Mini-symposium program

Join your colleagues for an evening of socialising, networking and research sharing at the first OVHLA Mini Symposium on Thursday July 9, 2015. We will be hosting short poster presentations, that will be presented by three of your colleagues on topics ranging from Cochrane search standards, collaboration with colleagues across the world via Twitter and the partnership between a Bangladeshi allied health library and Queen’s University. There will also be three lightning talks (at 5 minutes each), one of which regarding the PRESS Checklist update, a proposed project to document the history of OVHLA, and a student’s eye view of medical librarianship. There will also be a presentation, and question and answer about CADTH’s searching Embase report. There will be refreshments served and plenty of time to check in with your colleagues.

The event will be held at:                                                                                                                             MyBywardOffice, at 78 George St, suite 204 (in the ByWard Market)                                                     Time: 7:00-8:30pm

Below are brief abstracts on each presentation. Please email CE Coordination Cait Ford         (caitlynf@cadth.ca) with any questions you may have.


Tamara Rader

Practical application of the MECIR standards for literature search in Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group Reviews

Methodological standards for the conduct of new Cochrane Intervention Reviews (MECIR) were developed in 2013.  These standards include several items that summarize attributes of the literature search portion of the process as described in the Cochrane Handbook that are either mandatory or highly desirable for new Cochrane Reviews. This poster outlines the process of conducting a literature search for musculoskeletal studies for the purposes of producing a Cochrane systematic review in the Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group (CMSG) which adheres to MECIR standards.

Cait Ford

Breaking the Limits of Time and Space: How #medlibs are Collaborating via Twitter

Twitter is a microblogging platform which allows users to share their ideas with online community in 140-character Tweets, and medical librarians (#medlibs) are taking advantage of this technology, but to a varying degree. This poster explores how medical librarians are using Twitter, what they are communicating with their community about, and how they are collaborating with their colleagues across the country, and the world.

Paola Durando

Capacity Building in a Bangladeshi Allied Health Library

Bangladesh, with its population of 157 million, extreme poverty, and disability prevalence of 32% (WHO, 2011), has a severe shortage of health care professionals. The Government of Canada Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development funded the Queen’s University International Centre for the Advancement of Community-Based Rehabilitation (ICACBR) $6.3 million to implement maternal and child health, education and disability awareness programs in Bangladesh from 2011-2017. The Queen’s rehabilitation therapy liaison librarian is a project team member. Project objectives were (1) to develop a world-class e-library which provides users with unmediated access to scholarly health resources; (2) to design and deliver ongoing information literacy sessions to foster a research and evidence-based practice culture amongst students, faculty and clinicians; and (3) to provide collegial support to the BHPI-CRP librarian in her role as a health sciences library leader in Bangladesh.


David Kaunelis

Pruning EMTREE

David will discuss the CADTH report Pruning EMTREE: Does Focusing Embase Subject Headings Impact Search Strategy Precision and Sensitivity? The talk will include a brief explanation of methods, results and implications, with plenty of time for questions and discussion afterward.


Jessie McGowan and Margaret Sampson

PRESS Guideline Update

We are updating our 2008 PRESS (Peer Review of Electronic Search Strategies) guideline on behalf of CADTH.   Only July 9 we are conducting a Delphi Forum teleconference will be informed by an updated systematic review as well as the results of a survey of librarians and information specialists involved in performing searches for health technology assessment reports and systematic reviews. We will update participants on the highlights of the Delphi Forum teleconference.

Kelly Farrah

Remembering our Past, Envisioning our Future: A Proposal to Document our Chapter’s History

The Ottawa Valley Health Libraries Association has a history spanning over four decades. The bulk of this history is contained in boxed paper records and the memories of various members throughout the years. The time is right for OVHLA to embark on a formal project to collect, summarize, and share our history. In this talk, I will discuss the benefits of documenting our Chapter’s history, as well as outlining potential methodological approaches. Members will be invited to provide feedback and indicate interest in participating in this project.

Sarah Calder

From Grad School, With Love

Sarah is a summer student at CADTH and will be presenting about the opportunities for learning about medical librarianship while earning her MLIS from Western University.